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BERRYVILLE -- Strasburg's Tyler Doman accomplished a rare feat on Thursday, as the junior pitched a no-hitter against Bull Run District foe Clarke County but still came out on the losing end as the Rams fell 1-0.
Doman struck out 11 Eagles batters in his six-inning performance, but he was the victim of a costly Strasburg error in the bottom of the fourth that plated the only run of the game.
Doman walked Michael Fields to lead off the bottom of the fourth before getting Eagles catcher Keith Hummer to ground into a fielder's choice. Hummer moved to second on a stolen base, and with two outs the Rams elected to intentionally walk senior David Betz to put runners on first and second. Clarke County (6-11, 3-8 Bull Run) then attempted a double steal and Strasburg opted to throw to second to get the trail runner, but the throw skipped into centerfield and allowed Hummer to score.
Betz pitched the full seven innings for Clarke County, allowing just three hits.
Strasburg (13-4, 8-4) travels to George Mason tomorrow before wrapping up the regular season next Tuesday at home against rival Central.
Central 3, Manassas Park 2 (OT)
WOODSTOCK -- Host Central outlasted Bull Run District foe Manassas Park in a thriller, topping the Panthers 3-2 in boys soccer action on Thursday.
The Falcons (7-5-2, 6-4-2 Bull Run) trailed 2-1 late in the second half, but senior Wyatt Hitt scored a goal off an assist by Franklin Hernandez with just over two minutes remaining to tie the match at 2-2 and force overtime.
Both teams went scoreless in the first overtime period, but Central took the lead for good on a goal off a free kick by Tony Whetzel with 3:17 left to play.
Senior Nathan Wallace-Springer scored the Falcons first goal of the match on an assist by Stephen Hamrick 10 minutes into the second half that tied the match at 1-all.
Manassas Park (8-4-1) outshot Central 18-14, but Falcons goalkeeper Eric Ventura was able to record eight saves.
R-MA 5, Fredericksburg Christian 3
FRONT ROYAL -- Randolph-Macon defeated visiting Fredericksburg Christian 5-3 in the semifinal round of the Delaney Athletic Conference tournament on Thursday evening.
The No. 2 Yellow Jackets (11-5) found themselves trailing early, as the Eagles scraped across three runs -- thanks in part to two R-MA errors -- against R-MA starting pitcher Griffin Duy and held a 3-0 lead after four innings. R-MA responded by scoring two runs in the bottom of the fifth and three more in the sixth to take control.
Duy (5-3) exited the game in favor of Neil Dutton in the top of the seventh with runners on second and third and one out, and Dutton was able to record the final two outs to get his first save of the year.
Dutton also had a big day at the plate, going 2-for-4 with four RBIs.
R-MA will host No. 4 Highland -- who upset top-seeded Seton School on Thursday -- in the tournament championship game today.
Sherando 2, Handley 1 (OT)
STEPHENS CITY -- Host Sherando picked up a 2-1 overtime victory over Handley in Northwestern District girls soccer action on Thursday night.
Warriors sophomore Audra Sites opened the scoring in the match, finding the back of the net on an assist by Amanda Fogarty in the match's first 10 minutes.
Handley scored with five minutes left in regulation to force overtime, before Sherando (7-6-1, 3-3-1 Northwestern) answered with a goal in the first overtime period. Sophomore Victoria Dean's goal on another Fogarty assist sealed the victory for the Warriors.
Handley outshot Sherando 10-8, and Warriors goalkeeper Maribeth Stotler-Watkins recorded seven saves.